90% of youth in ARMM in fa­vor of BOL rat­i­fi­ca­tion: sur­vey

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Nation -

Nearly 90 per­cent of the youth in the Au­tonomous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao will vote in fa­vor of the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Bangsamoro Or­ganic Law (BOL), a sur­vey con­ducted by peace-build­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion, In­ter­na­tional Alert Philip­pines, showed.

The sur­vey, which was con­ducted on Oct. 29 - Nov. 19, 2018, found that 89.4 per­cent of re­spon­dents aged 18 to 35 in the ARMM, who have reg­is­tered their in­ten­tion to vote in the plebiscite, will vote “yes” to the BOL rat­i­fi­ca­tion.

The re­spon­dents were 614 youths in the prov­inces of the cur­rent ARMM, the cities of Is­abela and Cota­bato, the towns of Baloi, Mu­nai, Nu­nun­gan, Pan­tar, Tagoloan, and Tangkal in Lanao del Norte, and six towns in North Cota­bato.

The poll also showed that the re­sult re­mains sig­nif­i­cant when com­bin­ing all the youth in the re­gion, whether they in­tend to vote or not, at 60.4 per­cent or nearly-two thirds of the sam­ple.

Mean­while, the vot­ing pref­er­ence among those who in­tend to vote in ARMM and those from other ar­eas that are set to vote for in­clu­sion in the new Bangsamoro po­lit­i­cal en­tity is at 86.5 per­cent in fa­vor of the BOL. Close to 60 per­cent re­main in fa­vor, whether or not they in­tend to vote.

In a press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day, Alert’s coun­try man­ager Nikki de la Rosa said the data sug­gest that get­ting more youth to vote will add to the base of sup­port for the BOL.

“Kailan­gan ta­la­gang mag­ing ac­tive sa pa­gen­gage (We re­ally need to be ac­tive in en­gag­ing) with young peo­ple so that they turn out to vote on Jan­uary 21 and carry the yes vote,” de la Rosa said.

“This is sig­nif­i­cant con­sid­er­ing that the youth com­prise 57 per­cent of the reg­is­tered vot­ers in the ARMM,” de la Rosa said.

A plebiscite for the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the BOL is sched­uled on Jan­uary 21, 2019 in the ar­eas iden­ti­fied in the law, which in­cludes the core ter­ri­tory of the present Au­tonomous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao, towns in Lanao del Norte, barangays in North Cota­bato, and the cities of Cota­bato and Is­abela.

Ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, the per­cent­age of youth from Lanao del Sur and Maguin­danao prov­inces show­ing big sup­port for the BOL reach 90 per­cent, as well as youth from all the towns in Lanao del Norte and the towns of Aleosan, Kaba­can, and Pikit in North Cota­bato.

More than half of the youth from the cities of Cota­bato and Is­abela are in fa­vor of BOL at 56.8 per­cent and 58.8 per­cent, re­spec­tively.

How­ever, more than half of youth re­spon­dents in the prov­inces of Basi­lan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi were either not in fa­vor or un­sure of the BOL.

A re­peat sur­vey will be con­ducted in the first week of Jan­uary or two weeks be­fore the ac­tual vot­ing next year to ex­am­ine whether the same trends will hold. (PNA)

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